Noe’s syndrome is a disease related to the excessive accumulation of animals . It is known as Noah’s syndrome in relation to the character in the Bible whose mission was to build a boat and save a couple of each species of animals.
People who suffer from this syndrome are capable of accumulating dozens and dozens of animals , thinking that they are doing good for them even though they can really cause serious damage due to the terrible state in which the house is usually found.
Unfortunately, people who have this pathology are not aware that they suffer from it., which makes it very difficult to deal with the subject. These people have an obsession with animals and end up collecting them because they feel unable to get rid of them.
It could be related to Diogenes Syndrome (which is a disorder in which the person accumulates a very large amount of objects, waste and garbage in the house), although in this case instead of accumulating garbage, animals accumulate. The animals that accumulate the most by statistics are cats, although there are also many cases of dogs and, to a lesser extent, exotic and wild animals.
Unlike other types of disorders, this is not only classified as a mental health problem but also a public health problem, because the extreme lack of hygiene can affect the residents of the community.

What are the causes of this syndrome

According to the Online Psychology website, the causes are diverse. Although this pathology has been identified in people with intense feelings of loneliness, extreme isolation and absence of social and/or family ties, the coexistence of this syndrome with other mental disorders is common, which could explain this accumulation behavior:

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): repetitive rituals are common in this disorder to counteract the anxiety suffered. The hoarding behavior could be one of the compulsions or rituals of the person with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Psychotic disorders:In this type of disorder there is an alteration in the perception of reality, so that people may be unable to notice that the animals they accumulate are in disastrous conditions, as well as that they live in an unhealthy situation.

Affective disorders: people who have extreme difficulties in socializing and establishing emotional and social bonds can seek to alleviate this isolation by accumulating animals.

Losses or traumatic ruptures: faced with stressful and traumatic life events, some people may project their need to be cared for by adopting and excessive accumulation of animals, which they believe they are saving and caring for.

Alcohol and/or other substance abuse disorders:This pathological behavior has also been identified in people with alcohol and other substance abuse with a great cognitive impairment, so they present impulsive behaviors not based on rationality.

Bipolar disorder: people with bipolar disorder have phases of mania, which are characterized by the presence of impulsive, risky and irresponsible behaviors. In the manic phase it is possible that one of the reckless behaviors they develop involves the accumulation of animals.

age-related diseasessuch as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease: in this type of disease there is usually a deterioration of cognitive abilities, an alteration of personality and perception of reality. These symptoms can lead to the pathological accumulation of animals.

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